Julie Bernstein Engelmann

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My Quest

"There. Now I can see it!" This is the statement that my mentor, first-generation Abstract Expressionist Milton Resnick, made as he took my brush and dragged it through my painting. Suddenly the painting was a unified whole instead of parts. At 19 years old, it was my first inkling that a painting has a life force of its own - and that, instead of inflicting myself on it, I could be receptive to it.

Ever since, I have continued to nurture my relationship with this life force - or what I call the painting spirit. In my artwork and teaching, I aim to birth the beautiful and mysterious unknown by seeing and harmonizing with the spirit behind it.

Artist Statement

At the heart of each of my paintings is a dream or spiritual experience that I want to bring more fully into my life. A meaningful title moves the painting in a direction different from any other.

Through layers of visualization, gesture, and mindful play, I build an unknown "place." I add and subtract - pursuing the interesting and joyful and beautiful - always listening to the painting spirit - always nudging the spatial depth and flow.

Meanwhile, I watch for the moment when the whole painting opens up like a hologram and something thrilling comes to life that I've never seen before!

The completed painting resonates with the experience that inspired it, yet has a life of its own.

Julie Bernstein Engelmann
updated 9/14/2020


Julie Bernstein Engelmann creates abstract art that speaks to the heart and spirit. She has been exhibiting and teaching abstract painting since 2003. Educated on both coasts, Julie holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from Barnard College (summa cum laude) in New York City, where she had the good fortune to study with first-generation abstract expressionist Milton Resnick.

Julie's luscious acrylic paintings have won many awards and were featured in a retrospective solo exhibition, Being Spirit, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. She has exhibited with the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona; LaFond Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and other contemporary galleries in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Her artwork is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

Currently Julie lives and paints in Rimrock, Arizona, near Sedona where she teaches abstract painting on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts. Julie specializes in helping abstract artists bring their mid-process beautiful mess to fulfilled completion. Author of an eye-opening ebook for artists, How to Bring Your Abstract Art to Life, Julie is an inspiring and supportive mentor to artists online.

See Julie's artwork, CV and sign up for her Beauty & Spirit Note at www.julieengelmann.com.

Julie Bernstein Engelmann
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3970 E Montezuma Avenue
Rimrock, AZ 86335
Phone 928-567-4246

What people say about Julie's art

"I just can't begin to tell you what seeing your work does to me. I am mesmerized, amazed, in awe at your use of the paint, your wondrous luminous colors. Your work is phenomenal and inspiring."

- Annette Ballow, Artist, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

"Julie Bernstein Engelmann combines passages of poured and brushed paint that remind one of stained glass creations. Her technique relies partly on many years of study and partly on an intuitive, creative interaction with what she refers to as the painting spirit. The resulting works are spiritually resonant and ineffably uplifting."
- Barbara Hollander, Site Coordinator, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona, Pennsylvania

"The paintings are like personal stories, only just their distilled essence. Each one has a very specific feeling, distinct from the others, which is unusual in abstract art."
- Donna Chesler, Owner, Gallery 527, Jerome, Arizona

"I had seen a few of your pieces earlier, as you know, but I hadn't realized how wide-ranging and yet consistent your style is. Of all the things you showed me, I think only one pair of paintings seemed related to one another; yet all were distinctly yours.... Your new paintings are really engaging--a bit like a theatrical production in that they just keep on going once the curtain goes up, so to speak. As an art critic, I think that's one of the major things you bring to the party."
- Dr. V. Scott Dimond, Curator for Visual Arts, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania

"I enjoyed reviewing your breathtaking art today. It is imaginative, provocative and unique. Your phrase 'Abstract art that speaks to the heart & spirit' is a perfect description of your work. And the titles you have chosen for each piece help to make the beauty and meaning of each piece resonate with the viewer even more."
- Gail M. Weber, Twin Cities TOSCA arts guide, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"The joy & energy is flying off the canvas" - "Fabulous and full of wonder" - "Dynamic color explosions" - "This room is on fire!!!" These are comments from the guest book at Julie's shows. "I usually do not like abstract paintings, but I walked in the room and was struck still by the depth of emotion in your work, very unexpected!""

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Photo credits ©: Teaching in vest photo 2019 by Beth Bernstein; Gallery 527 solo show arms out photo 2018 by Amber Engelmann; With brush in front of painting photo 2012 by Amber Engelmann; Sun dappled photo 2009 by ArtsPath, IUP.